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The North and South Islands of New Zealand are located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. The Maori reached the islands in approximately 800 AD, and in 1642, the islands were discovered by Abel Tasman, a European explorer. From the late 18th century, explorers, missionaries and traders visited the islands, and in 1840, New Zealand became part of the British Empire following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and various Maori chiefs.
New Zealand has gained worldwide accolade for its film industry, and is a popular holiday destination known for its outdoor activities and clean green image. Tourism is one of the largest export industries for the country, second only to its dairy industry in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Australia, the UK, US, China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Canada are the main sources of visitor arrivals for NZ tourism (Source: Tourism NZ) New Zealand also enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world, recently ranking 3rd as the best country to live in the world after Norway and Australia by the 2010 UN Human Development Report. In Mercer’s 2010 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, Auckland, NZ’s largest city, ranked 4th worldwide (Source: Staff.co.nz).
New Zealand has the 11th lowest unemployment rate in the OECD at 6.6%, with the average OECD rate at 8.2% (Source: Government of New Zealand, Department of Labour). Employment in the areas of agriculture and forestry is high, due to high demand for dairy products overseas resulting in high prices. As of March 2011, there were 156,700 people employed in agriculture and forestry (Source: CareersNZ).
Nevertheless, there are a number of professions and industries where New Zealand is experiencing a skills shortage. These include Environmental and Life Sciences, Veterinary Science, Building and Construction, Engineering, Electronics Manufacturing, ICT, Physical Sciences, Aquaculture, Survey, Design & Planning, and Energy (Source: CareersNZ).
The median weekly income in New Zealand in June 2010 was NZ$529 (Source: Government of New Zealand, Statistics Department). However, salaries do vary from sector to sector, and in 2009, the highest income earners in New Zealand were in the fields of Medicine and ICT (Source: CareersNZ).